What a Week!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Last week began with Grandparents' Day, and I went to work for a few hours to prep for National Assisted Living Week. Monday, I had so many activities going in the afternoon for my residents that all I did was knock on doors for a couple of hours to remind residents about the activities they'd want to participate in. Tuesday was a calm enough day, though I had a lot of prep work of the Art Show and Talent Show on Wednesday.
We put out art by residents and staff, and several residents quoted their poetry, sang, played the piano, and laughed with the activities staff who did karaoke & line dancing. It was a long day, but so much fun!
Then, as I was already starting to wear out from the fast paced week, my Thursday morning assistant called in sick. That meant that I had to lead activities in 2 places at the same time. After lunch, my other assistant came in just in time to help me set up for the rhythm band that came to perform.
Friday, I was the only activity staff all day, so I called a volunteer for the morning, then I scrambled all over the campus for the day, leading activities in 2 places, gathering residents for activities, meeting with my supervisor, and testing sound equipment & moving furniture.
To end the week, we had a performance by the Sacramento Symphonic Winds on Saturday evening. I went to work at 1:00 to set up chairs which took about 1.5 hours with 2 helpers, then after a lunch break, I set up the sound equipment, organized volunteers, a 50/50 raffle to support the Alzheimer's Memory Walk, and assisted residents to the concert site before announcing the beginning of the performance. The music and the weather came together and it was AMAZING!
After working so hard all week to make everything come together, I was exhausted. I took 2 naps on Sunday, had today off work, and took a nap today, too. Whew! I feel better, and don't plan to have so many events in one week again soon. On the plus side, I walked at least 4 miles every day last week just at work - Saturday I walked over 8 miles and moved about 200 chairs for the band and audience - got plenty of exercise.